Booze ban hiccup

PUBLISHED: 10:18 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009

The booze ban zone

The booze ban zone

BOOZE ban plans for Potters Bar are in a state of confusion. It was months ago proposals for the ban were first agreed. But because signs have yet to go up across the town, police are not yet able to enforce the ban. Now Hertsmere Borough Council is embro

Currently the police are unable to enforce the ban

BOOZE ban plans for Potters Bar are in a state of confusion.

It was months ago proposals for the ban were first agreed.

But because signs have yet to go up across the town, police are not yet able to enforce the ban.

Now Hertsmere Borough Council is embroiled in a row with Herts County Council about when the signs will be in place.

Borough council leader Morris Bright said: "We have put a lot of time and effort into the project and it's a surprise the county council has not produced the signage which is essential to get this campaign up and running."

Parkfield Ward councillor John Donne said: "I am very angry with the situation. It was proposed the zone would be in effect by the second week of November (2007).

"I was then told the signs would be up before Christmas, which didn't happen. Then I was given the date of February 29, which again didn't happen.

"We should put the signs up ourselves and send the bill to the county."

A county council spokeswoman said: "We place orders for many thousands of signs of this type every year and, regrettably, this order has not gone according to plan.

"We have every expectation that the signs will be up within two weeks."

The alcohol-free zone will cover a large chunk of Potters Bar, stretching from:

* Clive Close and Laurel Avenue in the west

* Church Road and Quakers Lane in the north

* Part of Chace Avenue, including Oakmere Park, in the east

* Mutton Lane and Barnet Road in the south.

Police will have the power to confiscate alcohol from anyone drinking - or intending to do so - in public within the designated area.

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